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Old 17 May 2006, 09:36   #1
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Inverkip
Make: Redbay 11m Cabin
Length: 10m +
Engine: 2 x Yamaha422Sti 275
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Rathmor-Redbay Stormforce 11

Here's some picture of my new boat , launched on Friday 12th at Redbay Boats. She is 11m and designed for ferry/crew transfers, media work, safety cover etc.
Licenced to MCA Cat 3 of the new codes with no restrictions i.e 20 miles from a safe haven day or night, for 12 passenegers and a up to 2 crew.

She is named after a warrior of the Clyde, that was murdered by some east coasties, during the time that Clutha (the other boat) was goddess of the Clyde.

I have chosen to go Raymarine as I was impressed with the C80 on the last boat. She has a C120 display, DSM300 sounder and a 4Kw Raydome. A Icom M601 and a Ic-M1v Handheld are also fitted (sorry Rogue), again chosen for reliability, I have had Icoms for years and they have never let me down (touching lots of wood!!)

Engines are the new Yamaha Sti 422 driving through the Hydra-drive legs. I did look at Volvos, too heavy and costly although one of the few commercially rated engines, and also Yanmars, reliability issues with the legs. I was luck enough to meet Mark Pullinger (Yamahas Commercial Manager) when I was over to discuss the boat and after a long discussion about what changes Yamaha had made to the new range I opted for them.
They are my type of engine, no electonics , just a simple diesel engine.
She also has a set of Bennet tabs fitted and after playing with them over the weekend I really rate them. Being able to offset different weight dist. and being able to trim the boat, as the legs really dont do that much, is great and ensures for a nicer ride.
Other than that she has all the usual safety gear....even a Barometer!!

After looking at various manufactures of boats I again chose Redbay. The layup of their boats is immense. This is now my 3rd Redbay and the seakeeping is just fantastic. They are also very willing to "customise". I went and looked at a couple of similar boats and wanted some thing's changed, mostly asthetic and to aid operation. Stephen the Cad and QA guy drew up around 5 different designs offering options in around 2 days, and as usual the first design that he produced was the best .
The boat was ordered in September, popped from the mould early January and completed mid May, It the longest I've been without a Rib for over 10 years but it was worth the wait.

We ran to Ardbeg on Saturday with Redbays from the smallest to the largest, I thought I drove the boat hard until I saw some of the 6.5m guys. We did over 215 miles at the weekend with the engine returning around 3 gallons per hour per side at 26-30Knots......if that keeps up I be a happy camper.

Anyone looking for a new Rib, from 4.5m upwards would do well to have a look at Redbay Stormforce, yes I'm biased .

All I need to do now is get my trailer finished,and pay for the thing, yep its 38' long, no its not braked and yes it does tow nicely behind a 175hp 10 ton tractor , anyone got a good winch?

Goes without saying that if any of you guys are up this way and want a quick blast......
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Old 17 May 2006, 09:39   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Shaken Blue
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Length: 5m +
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Thats some rib! V nice

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Old 17 May 2006, 10:09   #3
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Bet you are chuffed to bits, looks a superb bit of kit, plus 3 gallons per engine per hour at 26-30 knotts....... got to be the iceing on the cake.
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Old 17 May 2006, 10:18   #4
Country: UK - Scotland
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Andy that looks like an awesome piece of kit... need to take me out a blast sometime over the summer.
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Old 17 May 2006, 10:21   #5
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Great looking RIB Andy and very businesslike. Like your choice of radios too!
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Old 17 May 2006, 10:47   #6
Country: UK - Wales
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Boat name: Too Blue
Length: 8m +
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Awesome - liked your comment about the engines - read a few tests on them and they criticised them for their lack of modern electronics - if they can do the job without them then that's brilliant in my book!!!

I have a similar Raymarine setup - gone for the C80 instead of the 120 though.
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Old 17 May 2006, 16:23   #7
Country: Ireland
Town: Dublin & Enniscrone
Boat name: K'adů
Make: Redbay
Length: 7m +
Engine: Suzuki 300
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New Rib


I too have caught the Redbay bug and agree with everything you have to say. Dealing with the Redbay people is realy dealing with people who know their stuff and they really do build fantastic boats.

Best of luck with her.
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Old 17 May 2006, 16:28   #8
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Town: Reading, Hants
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Make: Sealine F43
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can you post a pic of it on the trailer behind the tractor, that must be a sight ...looks stunning
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Old 17 May 2006, 17:07   #9
Country: UK - England
Town: Chesterfield
Boat name: Sea Quell
Make: Picton Cobra
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 4 Stroke
MMSI: 235038298
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What a fantastic new toy ...... must be great to make a living with that wee beasty
I am still dragging my baby rib 5.5hrs up from the Midlands at weekends to enjoy the Clyde and surrounding area. Was up last weeknd and got sunburnt on the Saturday whilst the rest of the world was sodden. Maybe I should apply for a residents visa !
You should be easy to spot - I'll keep an eye out next time I am up - thanks for your help with the diving.
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Old 17 May 2006, 18:38   #10
Country: UK - Scotland
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That's a big boat!



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